The Wedge Was Born
Without high quality steel, which Ferragamo had imported from Germany and which he may no longer purchase due to the economic sanctions against Italy, a vital material for the development of Ferragamo sneakers was lacking.
“I experimented with pieces of Sardinian cork”, wrote Salvatore, “pushing and gluing and fixing and trimming until your complete house between the only real salvatore ferragamo thigh high boots and the heel was blocked solid”. The wedge was born, destined to be probably the most well-known fashion inventions of the 1940s.
The Duchess Visconti di Modrone had the honour of launching the primary pair. Inside a few weeks it became Salvatore Ferragamo’s most popular fashion.
The wedge enabled the creativity of an artist like Ferragamo to specific itself on bigger surfaces than those of uppers and heels alone. Ferragamo experimented with many different wedge variations, and his creations had extra in common with contemporary design in household objects or architecture, like the Chrysler Building in New York, than with the fashion accessories of the time.